Talking Life, the Universe and Everything While under Enemy Fire

I’ve started a new podcast and I think it’s pretty neat.
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Errata for The Private Citizen 66

Clearing up a misunderstanding about Google’s FLoC from a webmaster’s perspective, that I was operating under while recording the latest Private Citizen episode.
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Okay. Now on to the first of the two podcast episodes I released this week.

On Wednesday, my usual release day, I recorded and published an episode of The Private Citizen that covers the recent GameStop kerfuffle. If you haven’t heard about it, or don’t really understand what it was about, listen to that podcast episode. It will be worth your while, because it’s a hilarious story.

The Private Citizen 54: Hodl the Stonks

How a number of couch investors ruined some Wall Street guys using a mobile app. And why the Wall Street guys really don’t care. And what it means for the future.

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Oh dear. I am quite behind with telling you about podcasts I’ve recorded.

I was just going to tell you about the episode I’d released this Wednesday and noticed that I didn’t even tell you about the one from last week. So let’s do that first:

On 27 January, I released an episode of The Private Citizen that I had planned to do for many, many months. It is about the potential of spyware in pretty much every single modern car on the market in Europe.

The Private Citizen 53: Clippy in Your Car

It looks like you’ve had an accident! Every new car sold in the EU has a black box in it that will activate the car’s microphone and call emergency services in the event of a crash, supplying them with the car’s location. A system that’s ripe for explotation as spyware.

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I’ve just released this week’s episode of The Private Citizen. I’m a day late because Mike and me recorded that episode late into the night yesterday. In fact, it was already Thursday when we were done. I did my best to get it out as fast as possible today, but I unexpectedly had a lot on my plate. But here it is, our discussion of Trump’s last days, Biden’s inauguration and what the future holds for the US and the rest of the world.

The Private Citizen 52: A President for All Americans

Donald Trump has left the White House and Joe Biden is now President. What does that mean for the future of the US and beyond? I look back at what happened with Trump and forward at the future with my guest Michael Mullan-Jensen.

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Yesterday, I published the first Private Citizen episode of the year on the newly redesigned website. Unsurprisingly, the episode deals with the insurrection at the US Capitol and the reactions of social media companies, who banned Trump and then just kept the bans going.

The Private Citizen 51: The Twitter Coup

After an angry mob stormed the US Capitol last week, Twitter and other social media companies embarked on an unprecedented power grab for control of the public’s opinion.

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As promised last year, I’ve redesigned the website for The Private Citizen. The podcast has also gotten an album art refresh to go along with it. As you can see, I’ve now labelled it more clearly as a politics podcast, to reflect the changes in direction the show has experienced during its first year of operation. As before, the design is supposed to convey what the show is about in one glance and then get out of your way to quickly enable you to access the podcast and the substantial amount of show notes for each episode. Pleas let me know if there are any issues.

I will record and release the first episode of the year today. I was planning on streaming the recording starting at 18:00 CET, but looking at the current time, I might actually be a few hours late with that as I still have a lot of prep work to do. I will post in the Discord when I’m getting ready to go live. See you then, I hope!

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I’ve just released the final episode of the year for The Private Citizen. Here, I’m taking a look back at the year through the lens of all the topics I’ve covered. It’s also a good episode to listen to if you haven’t been on board from the beginning and want to know what episodes are particularly interesting to go back to.

Enjoy this last one for the year. And enjoy the holidays. I know I will. And I’ll be back in January recharged and with a fresh outlook on the show.

The Private Citizen 50: The Year 2020 in Review

A look back at the first year of this podcast, the topics covered and how the show changed with them.

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It took me a while to get to it, but I’ve just released a fresh episode of The Private Citizen and I’m finally covering the renewed efforts by governments in the US and the EU to re-enter the Crypto Wars. Yes indeed, they are again trying to make it so that ordinary citizens can’t use effective cryptography. Because the state must know everything! This goes incredibly well with lockdowns and face masks orders, I feel.

The Private Citizen 49: Crypto Wars Redux

Ever since the Cold War, intelligence services and their sympathisers in Western governments have worked tirelessy to prevent everyday citizens from utilising effective encryption to shield their lives from prying eyes. When the Clipper chip failed, these people switched to influencing legislation to get what they want. And now they are at it again.

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I’ve just released a new episode of The Private Citizen. In the promised follow-up to our pre-election coverage, Mike and myself reconvene and discuss the fallout from the US Presidential Election. Warning: It’s another very long episode!

The Private Citizen 48: Trump, Biden and the Role of the Media

A conversation about how Joe Biden won the election, how Trump lost it, what the media had to do with it and what this means for the future.

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